The next task programme is not quite ready but should be with you soon. Please look at the Conservation Volunteer page for the tasks we have been able to schedule.
The task on Friday 27th March will be at Parkside Centre.
We will be building more raised beds, filling them with soil and planting some vegetables.
We had a very successful residential weekend 27th February to the 1st of March.
We were made welcome at Arnside Independent Hostel, but most importantly we were able to make a real difference to the woodland management at Hutton Roof Crags, working with Cumbria Wildife Trust.
The residential was subsidised by a kind donation and grant funding from Four Winds Trust. This grant is enabling us to run Wildlife Wanders sessions; getting people out of the City and into the countryside.
Don't forget we are setting off at 9.30am on Friday.
We are travelling beyond Marsden to assist Forest of Bradford with a White Rose Forest planting scheme at Butterly Reservoir.
BEES have completed a six week Forest Skills programme with Silver Pathways from Dixons Allerton Academy at Stony Ridge Plantation. The project aims to bring young people closer to outdoor spaces in their local area by using practical skills in a woodland setting. In the six weeks the young people have learnt how to light a fire, wood carving skills, tracking animal skills, making bird boxes and den making.
Here are some of the comments from the young people at the end of the project:-
'I have learnt the three elements of fire and that there is a tree called the Silver Birch Tree which you can drink its sap and use the skin to make a fire with it. I also learnt how to build a birdhouse' 'I wish I could stay longer here in the woodland or come again sometime'. Qasim
What have you enjoyed the most? 'Tracking the deer in the snow, I got to see one too.' Ateeq.
Stony Ridge Plantation is owned by Hallmark Cards and is used as a base for outdoor education for the benefit of people around the Bradford District.
The entire programme was funded by The Evan Cornish Foundation:- http://www.evancornishfoundation.org.uk/
Click here to view pictures in our gallery of the 6 week programme with Dixons Allerton Academy.
On Friday 6th Feb BEES had an exploratory work day at Bolton St James. The church, on Bolton Road, has received funding from Bradford East Area Committee’s Area Action Plan Communities funding for the Bolton and Undercliffe Ward.
BEES are supporting an active group within the church to design an area that local residents and organisations can use for food growing. We are helping make a start on some of the heavier work to reprofile the ground and install growing beds.
A report from Friday, and some pictures will appear later in the week.
There is a change to the scheduled task on Friday 28th November.
We are retunring to Parkside Centre, BD5 instead of going to Rodley Nature Reserve. We need to complete the hedge laying task at the centre. We will reschedule a visit to Rodley in the New Year.
Sorry for any disappointment.
We will have a market stall at Shipley Alternative at Kirgate, Shipley on Saturday 1st November. 11am-3pm.
We will be selling apples and appley products.
Find out more about the market here
Apple Day will be on Sunday 12th October 12-4pm.
There will be a full range of activities but slightly different to previous years.
Bring a Picnic!
More details on Apple Day page
Nick's last day with BEES, after nearly 10 years of dedication, successful projects and supporting 100's of people in achieving their personal and environmental goals, is Friday 27th June.
After the Task at Boar's Well we will be going out to celebrate his time with BEES and wish him well in his new job. To start the evening off we will meet in the Lord Clyde at 5pm, followed by food and then perhaps the Sparrow Bar. We will have BEES mobile with 07970 621732.
We hope you can join us.